Inquiry-Based Literature Instruction in the 6–12 Classroom
A Hands-on Guide for Deeper Learning
This practical and engaging book will help you learn how to teach literature with an inquiry-based approach. Inquiry-based literature instruction is an effective method to facilitate student engagement, motivation, and understanding in middle and high school English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms. Easy-to-implement and adaptable for many types of texts, this method encourages students to make authentic connections between texts, their lives, and real-world issues. In this classroom-ready resource, Ruday and Caprino walk through this instructional approach to demonstrate how using essential questions and a variety of texts will engage students in thought-provoking inquiry and promote meaningful learning.
This book features:
- Three inquiry-based units applicable for middle and high school ELA and English classrooms.
- A range of models of what inquiry-based literature instruction looks like in practice.
- A chapter on culturally responsive teaching and supporting English Language Learners (ELLs).
- Guides, templates, and resource lists to help you plan your own inquiry-based literature teaching.
Throughout the book Ruday and Caprino share a wealth of insights and resources to support you when putting inquiry-based instruction into practice.
Table of Contents
Meet the Authors
Section One: Key Background and Context
Introduction: What is Inquiry-Based Literature Instruction?
Chapter One: The Importance of Inquiry
Chapter Two: Inquiry and Essential Questions
Section Two: What Can Inquiry-Based Literature Instruction Look Like?
Chapter Three: An Inquiry-Driven Unit on Social Action
Chapter Four: Student-Selected Text Sets in an Inquiry-Driven Unit
Chapter Five: Connecting Genius Hour and Inquiry through Student-Selected Inquiries
Section Three: Putting it all Together
Chapter Six: Assessing Inquiry
Chapter Seven: Supporting English Language Learners in Inquiry-Based Literature Instruction
Chapter Eight: Key Recommendations to Keep in Mind When Conducting Inquiry-Driven Units
Section Four: Resources
Appendix A: Guide for Book Studies
Appendix B: Unit Planning Templates and Guides
Sean Ruday is Associate Professor of English Education at Longwood University, USA.
Katie Caprino is Assistant Professor of Education at Elizabethtown College, USA.